Discover Melbourne’s Aboriginal culture with new app

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 - 9:30am

Using the app in Melbourne

Melbourne Dreaming, a mobile app recently launched by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), will help locals and tourists alike discover the rich history and vibrant culture of Aboriginal Melbourne.

The app features points of interests from the past and present day including Port Phillip Bay, the hunting grounds of Chapel Street and the Burnley Ngargee (corroboree) tree in the heart of Richmond.

Melbourne Dreaming offers a tailored experience of Melbourne’s cultural story. It has been designed to offer self-guided tours of historic and contemporary places of significance.

People using the app in streets of MelbourneThe app is highly customisable, allowing you to place your trip by theme or location, set a time limit or request only destinations with no cost.

The app includes audio commentary and travel information. Users will also find business opening hours, public transport information and links to useful websites.

AIATSIS CEO Craig Ritchie said you don’t have to travel away from the city to experience significant sites of the world’s oldest continuing culture.

“Aboriginal culture is a living breathing part of Australian life that is easily accessible if you know where to look,” Mr Ritchie said. 

“This is a superb app for those new to Melbourne, or for those who have lived in the city their whole life. Users will see past the concrete jungle and be exposed to real and local Aboriginal culture right in the middle of one of the world’s top cities.”

The Melbourne Dreaming app is now available for download from iTunes and Google Play.

The companion book, Melbourne Dreaming, provides valuable information not available on the app and is available for order from Aboriginal Studies Press.

Media enquiries

Commsmedia@aiatsis.gov.au or P: 02 6246 1605

Last reviewed: 13 Feb 2018